May 10-12, 2023
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Wednesday, May 10 • 12:05pm - 12:45pm
Lean in: Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) - John Mertic, The Linux Foundation & Cynthia Coupe

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“Openness” has always been a core principle in open source. It’s designed to grant everyone with the ability to use, update and distribute source code for any purpose. Unfortunately, open doesn’t always mean everyone feels welcome. Like the broader tech industry, open source has a diversity problem. Though anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute – many under-represented groups like women, minorities, parents, non-technical contributors, members of the LGBTQ+ and more have shared stories of the challenges they’ve faced in open source communities. The Linux Foundation believes that people of vastly different backgrounds, nationalities, orientations, and identities create stronger communities that produce better outcomes and more robust technologies. Re-launched earlier this year, the Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project is dedicated to improving this. The mission of SDDI is to discover, evaluate, and promote best practices from research and industry to increase diversity and inclusion in software engineering. In this session, attendees will learn more about SDDI, its goals and how to get involved.

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Cynthia Coupe

CEO/Owner/Speech Language Pathologist, OARS
A self-diagnosed neurodivergent, Cynthia Coupé is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist committed to transforming traditional systems to better serve people with special needs. She is also a mother, TEDx speaker, blogger, and change agent... Read More →
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John Mertic

jmertic@linuxfoundation.org, The Linux Foundation
John Mertic is the Director of Program Management for The Linux Foundation. Under his leadership, he has helped ASWF, ODPi, Open Mainframe Project, and R Consortium accelerate open source innovation and transform industries. John has an open source career spanning two decades, both... Read More →

Wednesday May 10, 2023 12:05pm - 12:45pm PDT
215-216 (Level 2)